Praise from RNAS Culdrose for Work Experience Students

Nine students recently spent a week at RNAS Culdrose as work experience.. They had an informative and varied week, taking part in many different activities designed to show them the various roles people have at the base.

All students had excellent reports from their supervisors written in their log books. Some are now more determined to take up a career in one of the Forces.

RNAS Culdrose's work experience coordinator commented "Just wanted to say what a pleasure it was to have the students here at RNAS Culdrose, they are a credit to your school"

Some of the feedback from the students included:

'My favourite activity was shooting - I scored the highest in my group'
'I really enjoyed the shooting because it was fun'
'I learnt a lot about different careers within the Navy'
 

Plymouth Argyle to open Girls Long Term Player Development Centre at Pool Academy

Pool Academy will be the home to Plymouth Argyle's Girls Long Term Player Development Centre. 

The programme focuses on the development of young players and retention of potential in all fields and, as a long-term club-target, Plymouth Argyle would like to see more local players progressing into the female football pyramid. Similar projects with their girls centre in Plymouth has already seen great results, with increased game opportunities, good relationships with local clubs and progression routes for the most gifted and talented.

The centre will run Every Friday during term times from 5-6pm, for all girls in the following age groups; Under-8s (minimum six years-old), Under-10s, Under-12s and Under-14s. In order to give each squad member support and individual attention, they aim to work with squads of 16 maximum.

Argyle Community Trust will be holding three FREE opening evenings to launch the centre and give local girls the chance to come and see what it is all about, whilst enhancing their skills in a safe and fun environment.

The dates below will be open to girls who fit in the age categories:

Friday, April 20 from 5-6pm

Friday, April 27 from 5-6pm

Friday, May 4 from 5-6pm

To book a place on the free open sessions please visit https://argylecommunitytrust.co.uk/courses/long-term-player-development-201718/, selecting the date/s you wish to attend from the drop-down menu, and filling out the online consent form.

Alternatively, you can bring the consent form along on the evening. For more information or queries, please email ryan.hooper@pafc.co.uk or call 01752 562561 Ext 4.

Pool Academy students offered spot at Maths School

Teachers at Pool Academy are celebrating after some of their students have been offered a place at a Maths school.

Three Year 11 students have been offered a place at Exeter Maths School which has an Outstanding Ofsted.

The sixth form has been specially designed for young people with a passion for maths, physics and computing.

 Alfie Baker, Maths teacher Mara Weir, Paige Denning and Matt. All excited about being accepted into Exeter Maths School.

Alfie Baker, Maths teacher Mara Weir, Paige Denning and Matt. All excited about being accepted into Exeter Maths School.

Pool Academy teachers say it is a specialist maths school only for the ‘best of the best’. It offers places to a select number of children from Cornwall, Devon, Dorset and Somerset.

Paige, one of the selected students, said her mother told her about the school and she went to take an exam to see if she could qualify for entry.

Alfie, another selected student, said: “I found out about the school about two years ago. Ever since I heard about it I wanted to go. We had to do an exam and it was quite hard but it was satisfying getting the right answers.

“We also took part in a few workshops, a maths lesson and an interview.”

The students have chosen to study subjects including Computer Science and Physics at Exeter Maths School.

They will be boarding at the school from Monday to Friday.

Mara Weir, Maths Teacher at Pool Academy, said: “I am super proud of these hard working and dedicated students who all thoroughly deserve the places they have been offered.”

 

Students offered a chance of work after impressing employers

Pool Academy students were offered the chance to apply for work after impressing local employers during a mock interview event.

Year 11 students dressed up in their best attire ready to show off their skills when they took part in the event to discover what it is like to be interviewed for a job.

A number of representatives from local businesses arrived at the school to look over CVs and talk to students.

Some of the employers taking part were so impressed with the children they offered them the chance to apply for apprenticeships.

Nicola, Grenfell, Careers Advisor at Pool Academy, said: “It was a brilliant day.

“A couple of our students were offered the opportunity to apply for an apprenticeships and a few were also asked to apply for summer jobs. The students weren’t expecting that.”

Sarah Newham, Parent Governor who leads on the Careers Agenda, said: “It was an absolutely fabulous event. The business representatives were impressed by the efforts being invested to support students on their journey towards the world of work.

“Many remarked on the calibre, confidence, presentation, good behaviour and positive attitude of students, concluding that they are a credit to the school.

“The employers were enthused and keen to be involved and commended Pool Academy for preparing students for transition between school and beyond.  

“I don't believe any other Cornish schools are preparing students to this level. The event has gone from strength to strength and is a credit to the school.

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“Businesses in attendance ranged across all sectors providing students with a real life interview experience and gave students individual feedback about their performance.”

Ms Grenfell said she received positive feedback after the event from the employers who took part.

She said: “One said if they did an apprenticeships scheme they would have offered it to one student there on the spot.

 “The employers were very impressed with the way the students presented themselves and the way they asked questions.”

Feedback comments from the local businesses included ‘well organised’, ‘enjoyed meeting the students’ and ‘fantastic event’.

Another said: "It was a fantastic day and opportunity for the pupils. I couldn't believe how many companies attended giving such a wide variety of career choice for the pupils. I wish I had the opportunity to do this when I was at school." 

Ms Grenfell hoped the mock interviews had helped students more confident about participating in real ones in futures.

Maths students visit Bletchley Park

Mathematic students visited Bletchley Park to learn about Second World War codebreaking.

A group of Year 10 students were given a tour around the site and museum which contained information, codes and machines.

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They also took part in a workshop where they became codebreakers. They had to break enigma ciphers, as well as other codes, to solve a final message. The workshop also gave them the opportunity to use an enigma machine to encipher their own top secret messages

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Student Robert, from 10ADW, said: “This was a once in a lifetime opportunity because the likelihood of ever using an enigma machine again is unlikely. Enigma was used by the German navy to communicate and if it wasn't for the Bletchley code breakers, in particular, Alan Turing, Britain would have starved.

“We also learnt about the mechanics and electronics behind enigma, how the machine was set up in order to encipher the German messages and what life was like for the codebreakers at Bletchley.”

During the day students walked around the historic grounds, inside the mansion and some of the rooms once used for the greater administrations. They also went inside huts where the codebreakers would have been based.

Robert said: “The visit to Bletchley is one we will always remember.

“It was an amazing opportunity for students to learn about codebreaking in the Second World War and how it led to the Allied victory in 1945 providing us with our freedom today.”

 

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Maths trip to Bletchley Park

by Robert Bond

 

On the 20th February, a small group of Pool Academy students enriched their mathematics in relation to codebreaking with a trip to Bletchley Park. This was an amazing opportunity in which students learnt about codebreaking in the Second World War, and how it led to the Allied victory in 1945, providing us with our freedom today.

 

As the students arrived at Bletchley Park, they were able to look around the on-site museum which contained lots of information, attractions, codes and machines. In the museum students saw both enigma machines and a Lorenz machine, Enigma was used by the German navy to communicate and if it wasn't for the Bletchley code breakers, in particular, Alan Turing, Britain would have starved. Lorenz was the secret code used by Hitler and his high command, as a result of Bill Tutte breaking the code without ever seeing the actual encrypting machine itself, Britain and her allies were able to read top secret messages. 

 

The students participated in a workshop where they got to become codebreakers, breaking enigma ciphers as well as other codes to solve a final message. The students were not only able to see an actual enigma machine they were also able to use it, enciphering their own top secret messages. This was a once in a lifetime opportunity as the likelihood of ever using an enigma machine again is unlikely. Also, we learnt about the mechanics and electronics behind enigma, how the machine was set up in order to encipher the German messages and what life was like for the codebreakers at Bletchley.

 

The students walked around the historic grounds and were able to go inside the mansion. and visit some of the rooms which were used for the greater administration, codebreaking and recreation at Bletchley. Students saw the fine architecture of the mansion, the library used for recreation, and items from the time of the war. After leaving the mansion students were able to go inside the huts in which codebreakers would have been based. In each of the huts, particularly huts 3 and 6, everything was like it was at the time, with the each item being used on a daily basis by the codebreakers, these items were items such as coats, scarfs, typewriters, furniture and even little details like Alan Turing's mug attached to the radiator by a chain to prevent anyone else from using it.

 

Students were given a guided tour, where they were given further detail about each section of Bletchley and it significance and were able to ask questions, which the guide was more than happy to answer.

 

The visit to Bletchley is one we will always remember.

 

 

 

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Students learn about future careers

Pool Academy students have been learning about possible future careers thanks to the help of professionals.

Nicola Grenfell, the school’s Careers Advisor, has organised an eight-week programme called I Love My Job for students in Year 7.

Each week a different professional visits to speak and take part in a question and answer session with a group of students. The students then report back to their peers with their answers so everyone learns.

Professionals visiting the school will  include Phillip Cowell from Avanti Communications, Chris Philips from the Growth Hub and a former student who now works in a care home for people with dementia.

Mrs Grenfell said: “We want to introduce students to as many different jobs as we can. This will help the Year 7 students start thinking about what professions there are available to them when they leave school. It could also help them to select their options and work experience placements in the future.”

There are also currently nine Year 10 students out on placement at RNAS Culdrose Royal Naval Air Station near Helston. They have been taking part in a number of different activities to introduce them to what life at the base is like.

Mrs Grenfell said she has been given positive feedback about the students taking part.

She said: “I went to see them on Wednesday and the students were all really positive about the experience. They said they were loving their time there.

“They also received some really fantastic feedback. They were described as polite and well behaved.”

BMXer wins two competitions

A Pool Academy student is celebrating after winning two BMX competitions.

Ned, Year 7, recently took part in the Cornwall BMX Championships at Blackwater as well as a national competition.

He has been BMXing since the age of six and races with his club Cornwall BMX at Blackwater.

The recent win has seen him taking home large trophies.

He is now hoping to take part in the European race in Belgium later this year.

He said: “BMXing is a huge part of my life which I enjoy and I have experienced so much.

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“BMXing has also taught me a lot about how to win and lose and how to come back fighting harder to achieve your own goals.
“I also have a fab time with friends and family.

“After my first year of BMXing I continued to race and started to enter regional races. This was great fun and I would race other children from the South West.
“I kept on riding at regionals for two years and then I progressed to nationals.
“At nationals the competition of riders hugely increased and I would be competing against 60 plus riders and trying to make it into the top eight.

“This year I am aiming to take part in a European race in Belgium.

“I can’t wait to experience racing in another country and riding with the riders.”

Sharon Bright, PE teacher at Pool Academy said: “The school staff are really proud of Ned and the fact that he still manages to get involved in all the school teams as well.”

Lego donations pour in to help student projects

Pool Academy staff are grateful to the generous people who have donated a ‘huge amount’ of Lego to help student projects.

In January Rachael Facey, school SENDCo, called to the community to help her create a large Lego collection that could be used with children in therapy sessions and an after school club.

She said the sessions could help to boost confidence in the students and encourage them to make friends. But she didn’t have enough any bricks.

Today, in under two months, she has revealed a ‘huge amount’ of bricks have been generously handed in to the school.

“Pool Academy wants to thank everyone who have donated their old Lego so generously,” she said. “The students have been really excited to create models and animate them.

“Lego also gives many of our young people with communication difficulties a safe way to socialise.”

She said LEGO ‘has always been a good creative outlet’ and believes the therapy will help children ‘because they will not be doing it in isolation’.

She added: “It is quite exciting to have Lego therapy at Pool Academy.”

A collection box was set up in the school’s main reception for donations which included Lego bricks, models, base plates etc.

 Just some of the Lego donations

Just some of the Lego donations

High hopes for celebrity David Walliams to judge school talent show

Dreams of securing a celebrity judge for an upcoming talent show were boosted after David Walliams responded to a Cornish school’s tweet.

Pool Academy contacted the Britain’s Got Talent presenter via Twitter to see if he would be interested in judging its talent competition this month.

The school tweeted the presenter along with Simon Cowell, Ant and Dec and Amanda Holden to invite them to the event on March 22.

The school’s Head of Music, Emily Cromey, was delighted to hear David Walliams had responded by liking the request. She is now hoping to have further correspondence with the well-known actor and comedian.

Open auditions for the school’s show start this week and it’s hoped the recent ‘like’ on Twitter will spark extra interest.

Mrs Cromey said: “We've had a fantastic response to our quest to find talented young people at Pool Academy and numbers are already high for the open auditions.

“The hunt is still on however for a special guest judge. David Walliams has liked our tweet asking for help so you never know.

“Mr Walliams if you fancy a trip to the deepest west of England, home of Pasties, Poldark, sea shanties and the ‘right way to spread cream and jam on scones’, why not come and join us.”

The talent competition will take place in the school’s main hall at 6.30pm after two rounds of auditions after school.

It is hoped the event will be full of skills from singing, dancing and acting to magic, dog tricks, football skills and ventriloquism.

Mrs Cromey said if Mr Walliams was unable to attend the show she’d ask him to record message for the night.

She said: “The students are so excited that Mr Walliams even took a little bit of notice to a school in the far reaches of the country.

“The students think because we are in Cornwall no one ever pays attention to us, so it's great he showed some interest.

“If he was able to record us a small video clip wishing the students luck or similar we would be so grateful.” 

 

 Here's what Pool Academy Tweeted.

Here's what Pool Academy Tweeted.

 David Walliams liked the Tweet.

David Walliams liked the Tweet.

Students make some flipping good pancakes

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Creative students turned their artwork into pancakes after winning a competition to come up with an edible design.

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Six Year 7 students from Pool Academy were picked as winners of a pancake design competition after cooking up some exciting ideas.

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The winners included Ruby, Kaitlin, James and Lewis. The group were invited to make them for real in the school during break time.

They created shapes including a cat, a bear and a penguin.

Sam Strana, DT Food teacher, dreamt up the idea after seeing people showing off creative ways to make food on Youtube.

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Together with Art teacher Natalie Ellis she launched a competition to find the student with the most colourful and creative pancake art.

Mrs Strana said: “It was an exciting opportunity to combine Art with Food.

“The students had loads of fun but getting the pattern right was tricky.”

She said this is the first time staff at Pool Academy have run the competition.

Her daughter also loved the ideas and had a go making a design at home.

 

Students swim to success

Pool Academy swimmers celebrate sporting success after achieving personal bests at county events.

Students Max, Ethan, Hollie and Amelia qualified for the county swimming finals recently.

Together they competed in 40 races, notching up top times for their efforts.

Max, Year 10, finished third in the 200 metre breaststroke, fourth with the 100m breaststroke and sixth for the 50m breaststroke. He also came 11th in the 100m individual medley. On the weekend of February 25 he scored another PB after achieving a time of 19 minutes and 55 seconds at Bodmin for the 1,500m distance swim.

 Max and Amelia celebrating swimming personal bests.

Max and Amelia celebrating swimming personal bests.

Max said “I swam 1,500 metres and got a PB of 19.55. I came fourth overall.
“I enjoy swimming and I train about five times a week with St Ives Swim Club. I enjoy it.
“I have a gala and several races coming up. I’m trying to get Regional and County times for next year.”

Ethan, Year 7,  qualified for the 50 metre breaststroke and came fourteenth in the County finals.
Hollie, Year 8, came fourth in the 200 metre backstroke, fifth in the 400m freestyle, sixth 200m freestyle and 200 individual medley, tenth in the 100m breaststroke and 100m individual medley. She also came 11th in the 50m breaststroke, 12th for the 50m back and 200 individual medley.

Amelia, Year 7, became county champion in five races; 200m freestyle, 50m, 100m and 200m breaststroke and 100m individual medley. She was a silver medallist in the 200m individual medley, 50m and 100m backstroke, 100m and 400m front crawl. She also won two bronzes in 50m and 400m front crawl.

Last weekend she achieved a personal best of 10 minutes and 43 seconds in the 800 metres.

She said: “I like swimming and I train four times a week.”

Alistair Durant, Head of PE at Pool Academy, said: “The talent in Cornish swimming continues to be very strong and we are very proud of our swimmers achievements.”

Valentine’s love raises lots of money for Prom  

Pool Academy’s Prom committee members are celebrating after their latest fundraiser collected more than £100.

The event was held close to Valentine’s Day and offered students the chance to buy a Rose for a friend, teacher or loved one. A label was attached so they could be delivered people during class.

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Cakes were also on sale during break time to hungry students.

More than 60 roses were handed out in total and the Prom Committee raised £150.

Kirstie Conway-Baker, Geography teacher, said: “The Year 11's have worked really hard to pull these cake and valentines rose sales off and have now raised the money they needed for the photo booth. They have made more than they needed and are now thinking of prizes they would like to give out during the prom.”

This year the Year 11 prom will be held at Tregenna Castle Hotel, St Ives, on Thursday July 5.

Students will be given a three course meal and then there will be a disco.  The dress code for the evening is formal.  

A photo booth will be provided during the evening which will take unlimited photos.

Students are being offered a place on a bus which will travel to and from the prom.

The evening is organised each year for students to celebrate the end of school and say goodbye to friends and teachers.

Budding scientist sit in lectures by Britain’s top experts

Budding scientists from Pool Academy travelled to Bristol to hear lectures from top experts including Child of Our Time’s Professor Robert Winston.

About 50 students from Pool Academy took part in the recent Science Live! Conference.

They learnt from top experts including Professor Steve Jones, a leading research geneticist, medical doctor Professor Robert Winston, space scientist Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock and Professor Andrea Sella.

Jack Jones, Science teacher at Pool Academy, said: “The trip to Bristol allowed us to hear from some of the greatest scientific minds in the country. We heard about the pioneering work of Lord Professor Robert Winston and Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock MBE amongst others. It was a truely inspirational day.

 “It was really amazing and the students came away feeling inspired.

 “Science Live helps to enrich students’ scientific education, raise aspirations and raise the profile of STEM in our school and the wider community.”

Mr Jones said the lecture by Professor Lord Robert Winston was inspirational. It discussed human embryology and the key message was ‘Young women have the capacity to do world class science’.

The event took place in Bristol which meant students were also able to visit We the Curious, previously known as @Bristol Science Centre, whilst they were there.

The trip was organised for triple science students in year 10 and year 9.

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Racing cars and renewable energy at STEM day

Racing cars and renewable energy were the topics of the day at a Pool Academy event recently.

Year 7 students were invited to take part in a Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) event.

During the day students were given the opportunity to investigate renewable energy resources, the engineering of race cars and other hands-on topics.

All students who took part in the event were given a nationally recognised STEM award called the CREST Discovery Award. This award is a nationally recognised accreditation scheme for STEM project work for children aged up to 19 years old. 

Jack Jones, Science teacher at Pool Academy, said: “The stem day was a fantastic opportunity to students to think and work like scientists and engineers. There were some outstanding ideas from students.”

CREST allows students the opportunity to take part in hands-on science with investigations and question-led learning. It gives children the chance to solve real-life STEM challenges through practical investigation and discussion.
 

Pool Academy chosen for worldwide research project

Pool Academy has been chosen to be included in a worldwide research project about how maths is taught to students.

The project is called the Teaching And Learning International Survey (TALIS) and is run by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OCED).

The group will be carrying out its research around the world on how Maths and Algebra is taught in different countries.

Only a few schools in each country have been selected and Pool Academy is one of them.

A spokesperson for the school said it had been selected because it is ‘continuously developing in the maths teaching using new ideas’. They believe Pool Academy was chosen because they were a good example in the UK.

The research team will be coming into school and videoing some of the Year 10 lessons where algebra is being taught as well as conducting some post-survey visits.

Alastair James, Head of Maths, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for us as a school to demonstrate the quality and dedication of our teachers in the teaching of Mathematics and, in particular, algebra.

“It recognises the hard work and high standards that our teachers aspire to in delivering the very best to our students.

“We will be sharing our practice with the rest of the world and in turn be able to bring examples of good practice from other countries into our teaching to raise standards and attainment even higher.

“We are very honoured to have been selected and see it as a positive reflection on our ethos in striving to establish and maintain the highest standards of teaching for our community.”   

The research will be shown at a conference at a later date.

The (OECD) works to promote policies to improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world.

Young runner representing Cornwall praised

A Pool Academy student has been praised after a successful run in Devon representing Cornwall Schools.

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Jemma, Year 7, travelled to Stover School, near Newton Abbot in Devon, recently to take part in the South West Schools Cross Country Championships. She was representing Cornwall Schools and was one of 70 athletes from across the region.

The race was 2,200 metres with a route that went through a field and a wood.

She came fifth out of the Cornish team of 10 and 49th overall.

Jemma took part in a race last month in Newquay in order to qualify for the SW Schools Cross Country Championships.

Dave Buzza, teacher at Pool Academy, said: “Jemma represented Cornwall Schools and finished an excellent 49th out of 70 athletes and 5th out of the Cornish team of 10, in very muddy conditions. 

“She ran very well.”

Jemma is a member of the Cornwall Athletics Club.

She said: “I like running. I have been running a long time. I have done a lot of races. I don’t know exactly how many because I have done it for years.

“My dad runs and I go out on runs with him.

“I would like to be an Olympic runner when I am older.

“My family were really proud of me taking part in the cross country championships.”

Students learn internet safety

Pool Academy created a special online quiz featuring school mascot Buzz the Bear to celebrate Safer Internet Day.

Students were urged to take part in a number of activities on February 6 aimed at raising awareness on how to stay safe whilst online.

School mascot Buzz the Bear got in on the action after he was included in a quiz which saw him going on some e-adventures. Questions in the quiz included; ‘Since his trip to space, Buzz has lots more followers. What’s a good idea for him to do?’, ‘Buzz is out with friends and they take a selfie. Before he uploads it, what should he check?’ and ‘Whilst on a website, Buzz stumbles on something that makes him nervous. What should he do?’.

Phil Jones, IT Manager at Pool Academy, said: “Being aware of internet safety is vitally important for everyone. Students use the internet for study and social reasons. They can spend a lot of time online so they need to be aware there is a good and bad side to it.

“A day like this is a fun way to get a serious message across and we are proud to be part of the global event.”

Safer Internet Day 2018 has been given the hash tag #StartsWithUs.  People across the globe took part in the event which used the slogan ‘Create, Connect and Share Respect: A better internet starts with you’.

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Pool Academy student praised for ‘improving the lives of villagers’ in Ecuador

A Pool Academy student has been praised for ‘improving the lives of villagers’ after returning from a trip to Ecuador and Galapagos.

Callum Thrussell, who left Pool Academy last year, travelled to South America over the summer holidays, in 2017, with the Camps International Group to help people.

 Mr McKenzie and   Mrs Neesham, Pool Academy teachers, presented with a certificate for the school from Camps International.

Mr McKenzie and Mrs Neesham, Pool Academy teachers, presented with a certificate for the school from Camps International.

This term Mrs Neesham and Mr McKenzie, Pool Academy teachers, were presented with a certificate for the school from Camps International in thanks to Callum's efforts in the expedition.

Callum was the only student from Pool Academy taking part in the project so joined a party from Truro. Together they helped by mixing cement, plastering and painting school facilities and joined in with environmental projects.

Callum raised a considerable sum of money by himself in order to finance the trip.

Mr McKenzie said: “We were presented with the certificate for Pool Academy in thanks to Callum’s involvement in the expedition which included voluntary project work to benefit the local communities visit.

“Camps International will now offer Year 9, 10 and 11 students a similar opportunity to Callum when its representatives take assemblies at Pool Academy in the week after February half term.”

Julie Lax, Schools Support Coordinator for Camps International group said students had ‘made a huge and lasting positive impact on the lives of many rural communities’.

She said: “Living in or close to the local communities has enabled students to really appreciate how tough daily life can be but at the same time how resilient and strong the human spirit is in order to overcome the adversities that life throws at us. 

“Not only have they worked hard at improving the lives of villagers they have been digging and planting indigenous saplings in order to redress the huge deforestation issue that is rampant in Ecuador.

“We hope they have learnt many lessons from this and will carry them in their hearts to pull out, dust down and use whenever they may need them in the future.

 “From the deepest core of everything Camps International stand for we would sincerely like to thank Pool Academy and its student for their incredible hard work, dedication, joyous spirits and a whole bunch of great laughs and mind-blowing memories.”

Plastic art to encourage recycling

Pool Academy students hope to transform unwanted plastic waste into art pieces to help bolster GCSE portfolios.

 Kate Forster with a bag made using plastic fusion techniques.

Kate Forster with a bag made using plastic fusion techniques.

Kate Forster, from the Art department, is keen to get children interested in alternative ways of recycling with Plastic Fusion workshops.

The idea is to turn the household waste, such as carrier bags and fruit nets, into creatively designed book covers, wallets and more.

The technique will see students placing different shapes, made of different coloured plastics, between two sheets of grease proof paper. This is then ironed to make art pieces. The multi-coloured designs can be layered or used for screen printing.

Ms Forster said: “The plastic can be made into anything from iPod covers to phone covers and book covers.

“The GCSE students have got plastics as their theme for the exams.

“Plastic fusion is about recycling.  Using the plastic in this way is amazing and it can help teach students about recycling.

“It doesn’t really take that long to make either.”

Ms Forster hopes to run a workshops in half term holidays for the students. She is calling for people to donate their unwanted plastics to the school ready for the sessions.

She said: “Please could you collect plastic bags from shops and wrappers from around food like bread, baked beans - especially the outer wrappers of Heinz Baked Beans.”

It is hoped parents, students and the wider community would donate the plastic items in to the school’s main reception in time for the plastic fusion workshops.